Funding and Subsidies

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) Co-op Subsidy Overview

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) gives post-secondary students across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) works with Employer Delivery Partners (listed below) who are a group of recognized associations and organizations that represent the interests of employers in industries.

They work with businesses and post-secondary education institutions to:

  • Provide wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements, and
  • Create partnerships with colleges, universities, polytechnics and CEGEPs to recruit students for these placements

SWPP Highlights

  • Each organization has its unique application process and criteria. Please visit the individual organization websites below for detailed information on their wage subsidy programs.
  • Subsidies are granted on a first-come, first-served basis once the employer and student jointly submit their application.
  • Generally, application results are available

How much funding could you receive?

  • A wage subsidy of up to 50% of a student’s salary (up to $5,000) or 70% (up to $7,000) for underrepresented students
    • Underrepresented groups include: Women in STEM, Indigenous Peoples, Students with disabilities, Visible minorities, Newcomers to Canada, First-year students
BioTalent Canada

Wage subsidies are available to all bio-economy, biotechnology and healthcare organizations who are creating a work-integrated learning opportunity and who meet the program criteria. Employers can hire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math), healthcare, business students and all other programs from any post-secondary institutions across Canada through BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

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Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC)

CAHRC’s AgriTalent program supports the development of connections between post-secondary students, employers in agriculture and post-secondary institutions and contributes towards preparing a job-ready workforce for the Canadian agriculture industry.

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Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)

The Empowering Futures Program is Canada’s Student Work Placement Program for the electricity industry. Aimed at preparing students for the future of work, the program will create new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in electricity by providing subsidies of up to $7,000 per student position to the organizations who create these new opportunities.

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Environmental Careers Organization Canada (ECO)

ECO Canada’s Student Work Placement Program helps both students and employers find the right match and the support they need through wage assistance in the environmental workforce across all industries.

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Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), a preferred partner with the Government of Canada, delivers the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) subsidy to Canadian manufacturers. 

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Food Processing Skills Canada

Food Processing Skills Canada’s Student Work Placement Program is a program for employers in the Canadian food and beverage manufacturing industry to hire students in colleges and universities across the country.

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ICTC (Information and Communication Technology Council)

ICTC's WIL Digital helps employers grow their businesses by providing a wage subsidy to hire post-secondary students while students gain meaningful work experience and on-the-job learning in the digital economy.

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The Boost Your Business Technology grant offers Canadian-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) support to adopt new technologies in order to increase competitiveness and resilience. Boost Your Business Technology can help get your business online, give your e-commerce presence a boost, or digitalize your business's operations. These grants are designed to help Canadian businesses become more competitive.

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce

The Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) is an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) designed to help employers located anywhere in Canada hire college and university students on WIL placements.

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Technation Canada

TECHNATION’s Career Ready Program supports students to have meaningful work and provides businesses an affordable way to scale up their tech talent. With funding from the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program, they provide subsidies for businesses of any size, all across Canada, to hire students in tech-immersive roles.

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Venture for Canada

Startups and small businesses often lack the resources or time to address finding, paying for, and integrating interns. Venture for Canada (VFC) offers Canada’s only Internship Program that exposes driven university and college students to entrepreneurial & work-readiness training so they can contribute from day one.

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Additional SWPP Organizations

Other Subsidies

Below are other wage subsidies, awards and tax credits to help with your hiring.

BC Tech Intern Program

BC Tech Intern Program provides skilled individuals with exciting internship experiences at technology companies and in tech roles at non-tech companies across the Province, while providing valuable subsidies to employers to help grow and scale your team.

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Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ)

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) provide wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

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Green Spaces

The United Nations Association in Canada is building on 20+ years of success through its Green Spaces programme, designed to provide Canadian youth with 4-month experiential learning opportunities in the green economy.

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Innovate BC’s Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI)

Innovate BC’s Innovator Skills Initiative offers up to $10,000 for B.C.-based companies, start-ups and non-profits to hire young professionals from under-represented groups. The program connects undergrad and graduate students with an opportunity to bring their skills to a company looking for help.

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Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Small or medium‑sized Canadian business pursuing technology‑driven innovation may be eligible for financial support from NRC IRAP. Funding is eligible to firms under their technology innovation projects and youth employment strategy programs.

Connect with NRC IRAP by calling 1-877-994-4727 to find out if your business is eligible.

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Mitacs Accelerate

Open to for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, the program pairs partner organizations with top-level research talent, who can help achieve business and innovation goals, execute initiatives, identify new markets, commercialize results, and more. Projects start at four months in duration and can be scaled up as needed.

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Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) annual awards support hiring a university student in workplaces such as provincial government offices, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private companies, Indigenous communities, and Crown corporations pursuing climate change mitigation and adaptation research, planning or implementation.

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Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SRED) Tax Credit

Scientific Research and Experimental Development provides a 10 percent tax credit to qualifying corporations--claimed when filing the T2 Corporation Income Tax Return.

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